Wot no speech?

Date: 
Wednesday, 13 November, 2013

Before the 2010 General Election the current Justice Secretary Chris Grayling was the shadow Home Secretary.

In November 2009 we hosted Mr Grayling as he gave a keynote speech setting out how a future Conservative government would approach law and order questions. 'It's very easy for the politics of crime to be just about the headlines,' Mr Grayling observed at the start of his speech. He continued:

'Tough talk, eye-catching initiatives, steps to capture the popular mood sometimes seem to be an inescapable part of building confidence in the ability of a Government or of an Opposition to make our country a safer place.

'And the truth is that we do live in a world of tabloids and soundbites, where you do literally only have a few words or a few seconds to catch the attention and build confidence.

'But that's not nearly enough to get the job done properly, to get to grips with law and order problems in a way that is genuinely likely to deliver results.'

Following the recent purge of the Conservative Party website's pre-2010 Election content, first spotted by Computer Weekly, Mr Grayling's significant speech is rather hard to come by. Fortunately you can read it here on our website.

We promise not to delete it in the future too.